Strategic Plan Update: June 2018

  • II. Enhance the Academic and Co-curricular Program

    During the 2017-2018 school year and under the leadership of Lower School/Early Childhood Director, Dr. Cyndi Jordan and Middle School Director, Mrs. Angie Hackmeyer, Woodland has continued the process of enhancing its teaching practices and programs by joining or rejoining several national organizations which include: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), International Literacy Association (ILA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council for the Teachers of English (NCTE).

    2) Enhance Institutional Positioning, Advancement, and Enrollment Management

    Enrollment growth of 11% from the 2014-2015 school year to the 2017-2018 school year has been helpful in accomplishing many of the goals outlined in our Strategic Plan 2020. Enrollment growth has primarily been accomplished by adding the Little Woodland (two-year-old program) and strong new student interest particularly in the Early Childhood and Middle School grade levels. Woodland has used numerous positioning and marketing initiatives which have helped in this effort.

    4) Expand Our Long-Term Sustainability

    A. Ensure Faculty and Staff Have Access to Best-in-class Professional Development Programs Available Within Budget.

    Over the last four-years, Woodland has significantly increased the budget for Professional Development, which ensures that more faculty and staff are attending more and higher quality professional development throughout the year. During the 2017-2018 school year, Woodland sent numerous teachers to out of state and national conferences, including visits to The Ron Clark Academy, the Tennessee Arts Academy, and the National Association of Early Childhood Educational Annual Conference in Atlanta.

    The quality and amount of professional development has a direct impact on our students in the classroom, as well as the quality of instruction. From 2015 to 2018 the professional development budget has increased by over 55%

    B. Establish a Reserve Fund of Six Months Operation Expanse for the Long-term Health of the School.

    From 2016-2018 we have been able to continue the growth of our reserve fund through the continued contribution of 10% of unrestricted Annual Fund giving and parent organization fundraising going towards the reserve fund. Our reserve (savings) fund has shown significant growth each of the last three years.